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CNN editor who resigned over Russia story is Syracuse native, Cornell grad

A CNN journalist who resigned this week, after the network retracted a story about Russia and President Donald Trump's transition team, is a Syracuse native with strong ties to the region.

Eric Lichtblau, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, is a graduate of Jamesville-DeWitt High School and Cornell University. He began his journalism career at The Post-Standard, where he covered the Ithaca region for the newspaper.

Lichtblau was thrust into the national spotlight after he and two other CNN journalists resigned, prompting Trump to blast the journalists and the network on Tuesday for reporting "fake news."

The story was posted on CNN's website Thursday, but removed by Friday night. The network also apologized to Anthony Scaramucci, a member of the Trump transition team who the CNN report said was involved in the meeting with the Russian investment fund.

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